President Donald Trump exclaimed at his inauguration, “Now arrives the hour of action!” Historically, such calls to action follow some cataclysmic event like Pearl Harbor or 9/11. This call had no such event to stir Americans, but perhaps the enthusiasm of “making America great again” could be the catalyst for a national conversation on sharing the sacrifice and responsibility for our national security that could, in turn, create an opportunity to close the civil-military divide.
Sharing the Sacrifice Can Close the Gap
By Captain Alec Fraser, U.S. Navy (Retired)
With fewer Americans serving in or informed about the armed services, civilians and the military are growing apart. A war surtax and national service draft would help ensure everyone shares responsibility for national security.